- Reading - Both Phyllis and Cris are avid readers,
but Phyllis wins the prize, reading several books a week.
- Cardmaking - Cardmaking is making greeting cards
of all kinds using different materials, conventional and
unconventional. Phyllis uses rubber stamps and different
color inks to place all kinds of designs on her cards and
uses a Cricut machine to cut out different shapes for
- Jewelry Making - Phyllis uses specialized tools
and materials to make beautiful bracelets, necklaces and
earrings. Our granddaughter shares this love, and when Sara
comes for a visit, working together on a jewelry project is
a very special treat for both.
- Genealogy - For many years, Phyllis has enjoyed
researching and documenting our genealogy. She uses all
sorts of tools but primarily employs the resources on
Ancestry.com to do her research. She uses a computer program
called Legacy to document the results of her research.
- Puzzling - Don't give Phyllis a puzzle with less
than 1,000 pieces... anything that simple won't take her
long to work. She is more challenged by 1,500-piece puzzles
and loves to spend hours organizing, categorizing and then
placing all those little pieces.
- Fishing - Cris loves to fly fish, wading the
streams and rivers of our great state as well as rowing his
pontoon boat around the lakes and reservoirs. He fishes
primarily for trout, including rainbow, brown and brook. To
support his habit (and to give him something to do during
the long winters) he ties flies.
- Model Railroading - Cris is a "railfan" (which is
a polite way of saying "train nut"). He wants the real
thing, his own locomotive with a few thousand miles of track
to run it on, but since he can't have that, he has a modest
HO-scale model railroad, an early-diesel era Southern
Pacific setting. His locomotives all feature sound and
lighting effects to lend realism to their operation, and the
whole layout including locomotives and turnouts ("switches")
are controlled digitally using DCC ("digital command and
- ATVing - Both Cris and Phyllis enjoy
exploring the Colorado back country on their big two-seat ATV.
There are things that you can only experience by either
hiking or ATVing – sights,
smells and sensations.
- Snowmobiling - Cris, daughter Amanda
and her husband Jordon love to snowmobile in the winter, riding the trails and
meadows in the mountains of Grand County. We haven't quite
convinced Phyllis to try it yet but we're working on her!
- Ham Radio -
Cris (W5WCA) and Phyllis
(N5YXB)are both amateur ("ham") radio operators, as is
daughter Amanda (KD0CIC) and her husband Jordon (KD0SSK), and we use ham radio to stay in
touch as we're out and about. We find it particularly useful
for communication while we're out riding ATVs and
snowmobiles. Cris has HF ("high frequency") stations at
home and at our mountain cabin, and he uses them to talk to
other hams all around the world. If you're also a ham, look
for Cris on 7166 kHz on Saturday mornings 7:30-9:00 Mountain Time.
- Flying - Cris is a private pilot, having earned
his license in 1982. He enjoys getting up in the air every
chance he gets, and daughter Amanda loves to fly with him.